It appears the South African government and Nuclear Industry will stop at nothing to forge ahead with their nuclear energy policy for South Africa.
This nuclear energy debacle has been going on now for over 5 years. During that time hundreds of thousands of man hours worth of valid and scientific public comment opposed to further construction of any nuclear reactors has been submitted at every stage of the processes by individuals, communities and NGO’s. That has all amounted to nothing as all those comments have been totally ignored by a government and nuclear industry whose minds were long made up before they even started. Driving this is a very small group of men who all stand to benefit financially through lucrative deals constructing and operating these reactors but the public, the taxpayers, simply do NOT want these reactors and they are being ignored.
Furthermore the nuclear industry has in recent months, using taxpayers money, run a number of conferences aimed at promoting nuclear energy. The invited speakers are all pro nuclear pundits, the function venues and catering is all paid for by taxpayers but the organisers charge fees for people to come to these meetings which prevents NGO’s attending and it designed to do exactly that. Of the few NGO’s who do manage to scrape up some cash and attend, they only spend the evening being ridiculed by speakers and an audience that is all pro nuclear from the onset. So WHY have conferences promoting nuclear energy to 99% of your audience who is already brainwashed into being pro nuke? It seems media outlets are invited free of charge to these events so that they may of course write favourable nonsense in their newspapers for the nuclear industry.
Just recently one of these conferences was held close to the Atteridgeville community, the media were invited, the nuclear spin doctors were invited, the minister of energy was invited, basically anyone pro-nuclear was invited but the community involved was only told about this the day before and the news of this only reached NGO’s merely a day or two before which once again (by design) makes planning and attending very difficult.
It now also appears that the SABC has been told to clamp down on any news which shows nuclear energy in a bad light, in other words, THE TRUTH and no doubt the men who drive this very secret little industry are extending their reach to other mainstream media too.
It’s clear that these men will stop at nothing because there is a great path to self enrichment if all these very lucrative deals come to fruition. Using taxpayers money to achieve this is nothing short of scandalous if not criminal.
Here’s an article from 2008, nothing up till now has changed except a new “branding” company has been appointed in recent months. What happened to the taxpayers money that was wasted on the previous company who achieved NOTHING?
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